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Visit our new website Signal Success to learn how this comprehensive curriculum helps young people develop essential skills for future success. 

 

WCTF: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2 Million for Regional Competitive Workforce Partnerships

 

There has been a lot of buzz in the CommCorp halls about the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund: for the first time ever, it has a chance of being funded for a consecutive year. We are excited that this crucial program was included in Governor Baker’s budget because it supports a population in tremendous need and helps employers find skilled, motivated workers. While Massachusetts has an unemployment rate of 4.4% (MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, March 2016), we still have unemployed and underemployed workers across the state who struggle to find work. These job seekers are ready and willing to start a career, but they lack the support and networks to find one. Jiebin was one of those workers, and support from the WCTF changed his life.

Since its inception in 1999, YouthWorks, Commonwealth Corporation’s summer job program for teens and young adults, has relied on employer partnerships. YouthWorks requires understanding employers who are willing to help coach young adults through what is often their first job. Without them, this program would be impossible. Employers, in turn, have the opportunity to do “job try-outs” with young people.

  • Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

In Summer 2014 the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and other support services to succeed in the workforce and to connect employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in today’s economy.
WIOA encourages greater collaboration among employers, high schools and community colleges, and workforce organizations to ensure education and training activities are aligned with regional labor market needs.
Commonwealth Corporation is committed to advancing the entire field of workforce development through the sharing of best practices. Two of our Workforce Development in Practice guidebooks focus on building partnerships to address regional labor market needs and engaging employers in youth employment programming.  
Learn more about Partnerships: A Workforce Development Practitioner’s Guide and Strategic Employer Engagement: Building Dynamic Relationships with Employers in Teen & Young Adult Employment Programs.
  • Understanding & Addressing the Youth Employment Crisis

In 2013 Commonwealth Corporation examined the historically low teen employment rates and surveyed employers to identify their perceptions of teens in the workplace. This two-page brief outlines some of the findings from that study and offers ways employers, education institutions, and workforce organizations can better prepare young people for work.

RECENTLY ADDED RESOURCES

 

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WCTF and Building Pathways: Supporting Women and Minorities in the Trades

This piece features one of the partnerships supported by a Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Grant.

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YouthWorks 2015 Data Book

The YouthWorks 2015 Data Book is submitted to General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

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Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Report to the Administration and Legislature April 2016

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FY15 CommCorp Annual Report

The various programs at Commonwealth Corporation work with youth and adults to build skills and secure pathways to a career, and with businesses to up-skill current workers and build a pipeline for future employees. In this year’s annual report we focus on programming in four categories: (1) youth jobs; (2) services for youth at risk; (3) unemployed adults training; and (4) workforce training for businesses.